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School of Performing Arts

  • The MSUM School of Performing Arts brings together students and faculty who share a passion for the arts and provides opportunities for creativity, scholarship, and real world experience. The School of Performing Arts honors tradition while embracing innovation to deliver rigorous and progressive programs. This helps our students realize their potential as passionate leaders in their creative work and develops their talents into a career—and life—in the world of the arts.

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  • School of Performing Arts News
    • MSUM Percussion Ensemble performs at International Percussion Convention in Indiana
      The MSUM Percussion Ensemble, under the direct of Dr. Kenyon Williams, will perform this evening at the Percussive Arts Society […]
    • MSUM Musical Theatre students participated in MN-NATS competition
      Six MSUM Musical Theatre students participated in the 2019 Minnesota National Association of Teachers of Singing (MN-NATS) competition at St. […]
    • MSUM Concert Choir to perform at state conference this weekend
      The MSUM Concert Choir has been invited to perform November 15-17th at the state conference of the Minnesota Chapter of […]
    • MSUM University Music Series presents: Guitar Ensembles
      Wednesday, Nov. 6 | 7:30 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium, Weld Hall The MSUM University Music Series presents a concert featuring […]
    • MSUM Jazz Ensemble performs tonight
      Monday, Nov. 4 | 7:30 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium in Weld Hall The University Music Series presents the MSUM Jazz […]
    • MSUM’s Fuego Tropical World Music Ensemble Presents: “A Night of Heavy Metal: Steelbands and Gamelan!”
      Friday, Nov. 1 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre The MSUM Percussion Ensemble will present their fall 2019 concert with […]
    • MSUM Choirs concert
      Friday, Oct. 25 | 7:30 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium (Weld Hall) The MSUM Choirs will perform music of André Thomas, […]
    • Kim-Grisé-Lamb Trio
      Tuesday, Oct. 29 | 7:30 p.m. | Gaede Stage The Kim-Grisé-Lamb Trio (Jeehyun Kim, piano; Tiana Grisé, flute; Earnest Lamb, […]
    • Wind Ensemble concert
      Thursday, Oct. 10 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre MSUM Wind Ensemble performs in Hansen Theatre Thursday, Oct. 10, at […]
    • ‘Alone/Together’ Faculty Percussion Recital
      Wednesday, Oct. 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Gaede Stage Join Dr. Kenyon Williams as he presents “Alone/Together,” a faculty percussion […]
    • Noises Off
      October 2-5 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre
    • MSUM Planetarium, faculty perform with Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra
      The MSUM Planetarium and faculty will perform with Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra for The Planets & Beyond this weekend. The MSUM […]
    • Ralph Alessi & This Against That
      Monday, Sept. 23 | 7:30 p.m. | Gaede Stage MSUM’s School of Performing Arts hosts a guest performance by jazz […]
    • Faculty Recital
      Tuesday, Sept. 17 | 7:30 p.m. | Gaede Stage The School of Performing Arts presents a Faculty Recital Tuesday, Sept. […]
    • Join choir
      Looking for a one-credit class? Please join choir! MSUM’s University Choir is open to all MSUM students without audition. If […]
    • Come sing with us!
      Monday, Aug. 26 | Noon – 3 p.m. | CA 107 The MSUM Concert Choir will be holding auditions on Monday, […]
    • Annie Wood to speak at TEDxFargo
      'Poco Fuego' steel drum band to perform
    • Varying Degrees Percussion Trio performance
      Tuesday, July 9 | 7-8 p.m. | Heritage Garden Ampitheater Enjoy a free evening of family-friendly and fun percussion music […]
    • Choir Concert
      Monday, May 6 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium Dr. Erynn Millard will be conducting the Choir Concert “Spirit and Soul,” featuring the University Choir as […]
    • Wind Ensemble Concert
      Friday, May 3 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Hansen Theatre Plan to attend the final Wind Ensemble concert of spring semester featuring student Brian Wagner on bassoon. […]
  • Benefits of an MSUM School of Performing Arts Degree
    The School of Performing Arts faculty features impressive artistic and scholarly credentials, with an emphasis on active professional performance, ongoing research and a strong commitment to teaching. Faculty members participate with community and nationwide groups including: The Stage, Theatre B, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and Fargo-Moorhead Opera company. They perform solo recitals, concerts and play in many local jazz and commercial bands.
    The School of Performing Arts facilities include more than 25 practice rooms, Fox Recital Hall, Glasrud Auditorium, Hansen Theatre, Gaede Stage and three recording studios. As a student in the School of Performing Arts, you’ll have 24-hour access to the building in order to practice when it fits your schedule.
    MSUM has a rich history as a prestigious teaching college, and continues to highly value educating teachers, who help us fulfill our purpose of transforming the world by transforming lives.
    Joining one of MSUM’s 11 vocal and instrumental ensembles will broadly expand your performance repertoire and help you grow your skills as a performer. Music students have opportunities to perform in ensemble concerts, in chamber groups, and in solo recitals, including monthly department recitals.
    The MSUM University Theatre Series includes several mainstage productions, two annual dance concerts and many student-directed and/or created pieces each year. The mainstage productions involve students from across campus who participate as performers and technicians.
    Countless opportunities to collaborate across the School of Performing Arts, as well as within the School of Teaching and Learning, allow for enhanced learning and communication, giving you a well-rounded, versatile education.
    Learning Opportunities Outside the Classroom

    MSUM’s School of Performing Arts offers a unique and wide selection of learning opportunities to give you a well-rounded educational experience. You will gain professional-level experiences participating in ensembles, theatre productions, organizations and conferences.

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  • Careers & Outcomes
    The School of Performing Arts graduates enjoy rich and varied careers in theatre, music, education and arts industries.
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